Sunday, October 20, 2019

A Walk on the WildSide

On a beautiful sunny September day, I decided to take my dog and my camera and head to eastern Manitoba and the Whiteshell Provincial Park.  I stopped at a few of my favourite spots to get some photos, but along the drive saw a sign for a place I had never been before and decided to park and make the walk along the trail to Pine Point Rapids.

Pine Point Self-Guiding Trail, Rapids and Falls.

Pine Point Self-Guiding Trail, Rapids and Falls

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A Few of My Favourite Things

As a wildlife and nature photographer, I am always amazed at the things that I find on my travels around Manitoba.  This province is so rich with what it has to share with us, if we just keep our eyes open and look for opportunities that are all around us.  With such abundance and beauty, I am never at a loss for anything to photograph.  These are just a few of my favourites over the last year.

Mr Wood Duck and I are having a chat about the weather.

Male Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) and I are having a chat about the weather.

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In Search of the Holy Grail

Except in this case there may be a number of different Holy Grails, all depending on what your favourite Manitoba Wildflower is.  Manitoba is home to hundreds of different wildflowers, shrubs, grasses and trees and based on what your personal favourites are, the search for the holy grail could lead you far and wide to all parts of our Province and beyond.

Prairie Crocus (Pulsatilla ludoviciana), Manitoba's Provincial Flower.

The  Prairie Crocus (Pulsatilla ludoviciana), Manitoba's Provincial Flower.

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The Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) ~ Manitoba’s Provincial Bird

What is so special about the Great Gray Owl and how did it become the Province of Manitoba (Canada) Provincial Bird?  One of the most sought after birds in North America, ranking 6th among 50 most wanted birds, the Great Gray Owl has been seen in larger numbers in Manitoba than many other places in Canada. 

Great Gray Owl (Strix nebulosa) with a Cap of White.

Great Gray Owls listening for voles during a winter snowfall

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Birds of Southwest Manitoba

Manitoba has 379 bird species spread throughout the Province, with each region holding some special, sometimes rare and endangered birds.  Southwest Manitoba is one of my favourite areas to find a few of these, and I often make trips to Pelican Lake, Whitewater Lake, Southwestern Manitoba Mixed Grass Prairie and Oak Lake to see what I can find.

The Yellow-Headed Blackbird coming in for a landing, is commonly seen along the marshes of SW Manitoba

The Yellow-Headed Blackbird is commonly seen along the marshes of SW Manitoba

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